Maruti Suzuki Omni, launched as Maruti Van in 1984, has received its first exterior and interior updates in 1998 and few minor changes in 2005. It’s one of the most popular Maruti Suzuki cars in India. The MUV (Multi Utility Vehicle) has outdated boxy design that doesn’t look good. It received new headlamps and front bumper. The door panels and side graphics are very simple. The interior is up-market than its predecessor, but doesn’t match standards of its rivals. The dashboard plastic quality is improved. The dual-tone upholstery with cushioning on inner wall and new steering wheel look good. The ambulance and Cargo variants get some additional features. The Omni is available with a 0.8-litre petrol and LPG fuel option. The petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 32.8bhp at 5000rpm, while yielding a peak torque of 57Nm at 2500rpm. It isn’t one of the most fuel efficient Maruti Suzuki cars in India, but a decent performer. The city drivability is impressive, but vehicles get unstable at high speeds.
EXTERIOR AND DESIGN
Ever since launch, the Omni has retained its original boxy van shape. It does not have a bonnet. The original car featured circular headlamps. The 1998 facelift gave the car square headlamps. It now has square clear lens headlamps. The car continues to get sliding doors for the rear seats and the side also makes use of body graphics. At the rear the van features simple vertical tail lamps with two reverse lights integrated into the bumper. The 2005 facelift has given the car refreshed and modern looks.
The exterior equipment list includes front and rear thermoplastic bumpers, laminated glass windshield, front and rear mud flaps, headlamp levelling device and right outside rear-view mirror.
INTERIOR AND SPACE
The micro-van is equipped available in 5- and 8-seater options. The car has a dual tone upholstery and sports the same old steering wheel. The 8-seater Omni is a bit cramped, while the 5-seater is specially designed for personal use. In detail, the car is packed with floor carpets, reclining front seats, a simple dashboard with cup holder and a large utility space for placing the items. There are sliding doors, which are very comfortable to use. The car has good headroom and legroom as well. Nothing changes in terms of the interiors. The car sports the same meters and a glove box with a lock added. The limited version comes with some features, including four speakers, a CD player supporting an auxiliary port and seat covers.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
The all-new variants of Maruti Omni are empowered by the 796 cc capacity engine of Maruti 800. The vehicles use its 0.8-litre, 3-cylinder, 12valve multipoint fuel injection engine with a displacement of 796 cc. The power mill is capable to produce the maximum power output of 32.8 bhp achieved at 5000 rpm and the maximum torque of 57 Nm at 2500 rpm. Most of the Maruti cars are suitable for city drives.
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The petrol engine feels under-powered, though, the refinement level is pretty decent. Fuel efficiency could be better. The vehicle gets unstable at high speeds. City driving dynamics is good. Ride is bouncy, and very uncomfortable on rough roads.
The Omni offers comfort and safety features like Reclining front seats, adjustable front seat head restraints, rear seats belts (static), dashboard with cup – holder and space for utility items, two tone upholstery, 2 speed windshieled wiper, 3 position cabin light and high mounted rear stop lamp among others.
The Maruti Suzuki Omni is one of the longest selling cars in the country. It’s a surprise that the company is still able to sell the van in good numbers considering the equipment levels and the old engine. The iconic name and the Maruti brand name goes a long way in helping keep the sales figures high. The Omni van is still a good cheap buy for commercial vehicles. Considering the sales figures, Maruti Suzuki should do something to improve the safety features of the van.
Maruti Suzuki Omni Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 2,37,050/- (Omni MPI Cargo BS4) to 2,97,304/- (Omni MPI Ambulance BS4) .Maruti Suzuki Omni has 4 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Omni comes in 6 colours, namely Gray,Blue,Black,Red,Silver,White.